2021 Merc AMG GT Black Series

2021 Mercedes AMG GT Black Series Goes Big

Mercedes-Benz is taking the old saying “go big or go home” to heart, unveiling the new 2021 Mercedes AMG GT Black Series. The new car boasts a big flat-plane-crank V8 and an even bigger rear wing.

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2021 Merc AMG GT Black Series front

Under the hood of the new Black Series resides a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 capable of producing 720 horsepower. The introduction of the flat-plane-crank rather than the use of the familiar 4.0-litre mill means that Mercedes-AMG is able to call this a new engine, giving it a new designation of M178 LS2. The redline for the engine sits right at 7,200 RPMs with peak power coming in between 6,700 and 6,900 RPM. Given that this engine prefers higher RPMs, you won’t see a lot of torque, but that’s not to say you won’t be pleased with the torque it offers, especially since you’ll get 590 lb-ft of twist starting at 2,000 RPM and staying that way all the way through 6,000 RPM.

Bigger intercoolers keep the intake temperatures down and the twin-scroll turbochargers add a maximum of 24.6 psi. The power is routed through a reinforced seven-speed DCT gearbox. The Black Series will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds and doubles that speed to 124 miles per hour in less than nine seconds. Top speed for the Black Series is 202 miles per hour.

2021 Merc AMG GT Black Series back

The aero package for the Black Series borrows from the AMG GT3 and GT4 racers, meaning that the grille is larger and so is the front bumper, which also incorporates a manually adjustable splitter. The hood and fenders sport larger vents for cooling and efficiency. The rear bumper has a double diffuser while up top there is a two-piece spoiler. The top part of the wing can be electronically adjusted up to 20 degrees. There’s plenty of carbon fibre in the Black Series, which keeps the weight down. In the body and chassis, that carbon fibre also translates into a stiffer ride. The Black Series also comes with special trim and badging, not that you need any more clues that this is a bigger approach for Mercedes-Benz.

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